At the Cinema: June 2010

Get Him to the Greek (2010)

Reasonably amusing comedy starring Russell Brand reprising his character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Aldous Snow. It has enough laughs to get by, but not much more. Brand is fine, but he’s never really let off the leash. 3/5

Rashomon (1950)

Fascinating, influential drama which despite its age still has the power to provoke and astonish. 5/5

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (1960)

Extremely influential, extremely cool.  5/5

Brooklyn’s Finest (2009)

Solid, suspenseful thriller about three cops struggling to deal with the ambiguous nature of good and evil in their work as law enforcers. A bit overcooked at times, with clichéd characters aplenty, but the gripping set-pieces make up for any plot deficiencies. 3/5

Shrek Forever After (2010)

Passable third sequel to the fantastic original raises the odd smile but is otherwise forgettable fluff. Despite the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ alternate setting, we’ve seen it all before, and it was much funnier a few years ago. 2/5

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